CHILDREN at a Chester primary school have been learning all about elephants and the dangers they face.

The Year 1 pupils at Upton Heath CE Primary School wanted to help make a difference during their summer term.

They held an "enormous elephant run", during which they walked or ran, to raise funds for the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust (DSWT), the world’s most successful orphan elephant rescue and rehabilitation program that is also one of the pioneering conservation organisations for wildlife and habitat protection in East Africa.

The children made elephant masks to wear and carried signs.

The DSWT works on Kenya's front line to protect threatened wildlife and habitats. Hand raising orphan baby elephants who have lost their mothers, with years of care, these babies are gradually reintroduced into the wild, with many going on to have babies of their own. But it's not just elephants they are saving. The DSWT also operates anti-poaching and mobile veterinary units, as well as aerial surveillance teams, to keep wild animals of all kinds safe.

The school set themselves a target of £500. They smashed that target and have so far raised more than £700 and counting.

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